We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Instructional Technology?

By C. K. Lanz
Updated Mar 02, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Instructional technology is a field in which emergent technologies combined with current trends in psychology and learning theory are applied toward improving job training and performance as well as meeting educational challenges. The rapidly changing educational or training needs of an institution or company are met through systematic processes of learning and instruction that incorporate technologies such as computers, teleconferencing, podcasts, software and interactive media. Instructional technologists are typically responsible for the design of instruction, management of instructional resources, settings, products and events and the evaluation of instructional programs.

The origins of instructional technology are debatable but the contemporary application can be traced back to World War II when it became necessary to train a large labor and military force quickly and efficiently. The United States military employed instructional films, standardized tests and manuals when training soldiers. A similar strategy was used to train the large number of new factory workers.

The analysis of the specific needs and goals of the target group of learners is one of the primary tasks of instructional technology. Once the needs and goals have been identified, the most appropriate learning system is selected. In many cases, it is necessary to develop a new learning system entirely from existing theory and technologies like software applications, teleconferencing and podcasting.

After the learning system has been designed, the instructional technologist implements it. This may involve running an employee training session with a software application, helping a teacher learn how to make a webpage or use a computer, or organizing a video chat between students in different countries. Distance learning is another increasingly common instructional technology that allows students to connect and interact with instructors despite physical distance.

Assessment and evaluation have also been affected by instructional technology. Educational software applications can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students and allow them to obtain instant feedback on their work and make their own corrections. The value of products and programs is also assessed by instructional technologists.

In some cases an instructional technologist will be responsible for managing and allocating technology resources as well as teaching and training. Resources can include a technology, media or learning center or computers, mp3 players and other equipment available. Project management and oversight are additional tasks for the instructional technologist.

There are several possible careers within the field of instructional technology such as teaching, training and developing software. The most common is in education where an instructional technologist may be a teacher who incorporates technology into his or her methodology or a staff member charged with helping instructors use technology. Additional career paths include developing educational software applications and training a company’s staff using technology. In addition to a college degree, those working in instructional technology can also pursue professional certifications in technology facilitation, technology leadership and other business and industrial certifications.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.